Powell River is an exceptional example in Canadian modern period planning that utilized the garden city concept. An English planning principle was designed to bring beauty to the harsh landscapes.
The town was originally owned and constructed by the Powell River Lumber Company in 1910, which became the 1st largest newsprint manufacture in Western Canada. The town was constructed to provide homes for the workers and their families in order to encourage people to relocate to the isolated wilderness.
Historic Townsite is filled with beautiful heritage buildings such as "The Patricia Theatre" the oldest continuous running movie theatre in Western Canada and Dwight Hall built in 1927, where most events were held and to present time.